Small Stores that are Big on Local

Grab your favorite tote and let’s go shopping! Visiting locally owned stores is a great way to support many local makers in one shopping trip. Lucky for us, Michigan is home to a variety of small shops that are packed to the brim with local products!

Whether you’re looking for a treat for yourself or a loved one ( Easter, Mother’s Day, & Father’s Day will all be here before you know it! ), these businesses are a great place to stop! 

Edson Farms

Traverse City, MI 

This local food grocer has offered local, organic, and natural foods for over 43 years. They have a huge selection of supplements, produce, dairy, meat, beer and wine, and a deli and juice bar. Additionally, their Grab N Go is full of prepared options, like fresh-pressed organic juice, wraps, salads, breakfast and desserts. You can also find a myriad of sustainable beauty and kitchen wares in this family-owned business.

Get a look inside:

Old Town General Store

Lansing, MI 

Nestled in Old Town, the Old Town General Store opened in 2013 as a locavore grocery. Years later, they evolved into a Michigan-themed food and gift store and a destination. Explore their custom Michigan gift baskets that are created from the vast selection of value-added items from other small Michigan businesses. 

Order online:

Rooted MI 

Mancelona, MI 

From apparel to gifts to home décor, Rooted MI is an all Michigan-made gift store! They offer a full coffee and milkshake menu to keep you fueled while you shop. If you’re visiting with children or those less shopping-inclined, Rooted has comfortable indoor & outdoor seating areas with free Wi-Fi. (Did we mention their 28 flavor ice cream bar?)

See what’s on the menu:

White Pine and Petals

Roscommon, MI & Grayling, MI 

White Pine & Petals is a full service flower and design shoppe for events of all sizes, but they offer so much more in store! Peruse their flowers and terrarium options, while also exploring their housewares and pantry selection. Explore in store and online to find the perfect gift for anyone on your list. 

​​See the shop:

DeVries & Co

Detroit, MI

Since 1887, DeVries and Co has dedicated itself to serving as a local food grocer to Detroit. From pantry items to local flavors to Detroit made gifts, this shop is a joy to explore on three separate stories. With over 250 cheeses from around the world, DeVries is a destination in itself, but also a wonderful complementary stop on your way to the Eastern Market. 

Check out their wares:

What’s your go-to store for local shopping? 

Find more great small shops across the state here.

Emma Beauchamp is the Editor in Chief for Taste the Local Difference. Contact her at [email protected]

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